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Tennessee falls slightly in Coaches Poll following loss to Mississippi State

The Vols lost — but so did (almost) everyone else.

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

After a truly insane week across the entire college basketball landscape, Tennessee has fallen to No. 7 in the Coaches Poll released on Monday morning.

The Volunteers fell to Mississippi State on Wednesday night, falling behind early and seeing their comeback bid fall just short. Tennessee once again fell behind on Saturday to a Georgia team that had won ten straight, but Dalton Knecht’s heroics ended up saving the day late.

Tennessee now sits at 12-4 overall with a 2-1 mark in conference play. They trail Auburn and Alabama at the top of the SEC, with both teams starting 3-0.

The good news for the Volunteers? Quite literally almost everyone else at the top of the college basketball food chain suffered a loss too. It was the wildest week of the college basketball season yet, as eight of the top ten teams in the AP Poll took a loss.

Key upsets of last week

Iowa State def. No. 2 Houston, 57-53

Nebraska def. No. 1 Purdue, 88-72

Mississippi State def. No. 5 Tennessee, 77-73

UCF def. No. 3 Kansas, 65-60

TCU def. No. 2 Houston, 68-67

Texas A&M def. No. 6 Kentucky, 97-92

Washington State def. No. 8 Arizona, 73-70

No. 3 Kansas def. No. 9 Oklahoma, 78-66

Maryland def. No. 10 Illinois, 76-67


Only No. 4 UConn and No. 7 North Carolina went 2-0 this week. The result was UConn moving up to the No. 1 spot, while North Carolina jumped to No. 3.

New Coaches Poll Top 25

  1. UConn
  2. Purdue
  3. North Carolina
  4. Kansas
  5. Houston
  6. Duke
  7. Tennessee
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Baylor
  10. Kentucky
  11. Auburn
  12. Memphis
  13. Arizona
  14. Illinois
  15. Creighton
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Utah State
  18. Marquette
  19. BYU
  20. Iowa State
  21. Ole Miss
  22. TCU
  23. Dayton
  24. San Diego State
  25. Texas Tech